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DEATH OF KEITH BLUNDELL (article first published : 2002-10-18)

Keith Blundell, pater familias of South Africa's best known folksong family, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning.

His death follows a long and painful struggle against physical disability and finally, cancer.

Folksinger, guitarist, actor, dancer, musical performer, broadcaster, sportsman, painter and entertainer, Keith was badly injured in a motorcycle accident in Johannesburg in the 80's, which left him paralysed and in a wheel-chair. His fighting spirit, his supportive family, and his own courage saw Keith continuing to perform his music for some years until this became physically impossible. He and his wife Pamela relocated to Cape Town where they have lived at Marina Da Gama for the past few years.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and his daughters, Julia, Caroline, and sons Jonny and "Teeper" (Peter), and many grandchildren.

"Keith was my first singing partner, and a dear friend", said Des Lindberg. "I met him at Wits, where he was in demand to play romantic leads in operettas. He was an intuitive and natural musician, with a perfect ear for harmony, and the drive to recognise, foster and showcase young talent. He loved sport, the bush and wildlife and loved nothing more than to hold his audience in the palm his hand. At last his frustration and suffering is over, and we shall remember him always with great love."

Keith Blundell will be buried in Cape Town on October 18.

More information from Des Lindberg on e-mail: des@desdawn.co.za or contact 011 487-1800 or fax 011 487-1993.




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